Be sure to check out these late spring/early summer architecture and design events:

  • May 6-9, Portland, Ore.—Living Future 2009. Hosted by the Cascadia Region Green Building Council, the Living Future 2009 conference and expo offers an immersion experience of green building innovation, with educational programs led by various industry thought-leaders. Keynote speakers include Janine Benyus, author, innovation consultant, and co-founder of the Biomimicry Guild; conservationist Denis Hayes, president and CEO of The Bullitt Foundation; and Jason F. McLennan, CEO of the Cascadia Region Green Building Council. The conference will be held at The Nines hotel in Portland, Ore. Online registration ends May 1, but onsite registration will be available. Visit for full details.

  • May 7, Washington, D.C.—"Graying Suburbs," at the National Building Museum. Part of the National Building Museum's "Sustainable Communities" lecture series. Architect and author Ellen Dunham-Jones, AIA, of the Georgia Institute of Technology, and Jeffrey W. Anderzhon, FAIA, 2006 chair of The American Institute of Architect's Design for Aging Advisory Group, will discuss the population shift toward the elderly demographic and the challenges municipalities will face in providing adequate services. Elinor Ginzler, senior vice president for AARP's Livable Communities program, will moderate. Program runs from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Visit for ticket information.

  • May 8, San Diego, Calif.— Master Architects Lecture Series: Thom Mayne, at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego-La Jolla. Thom Mayne, FAIA, of Santa Monica, Calif.-based firm Morphosis, is the last speaker in this series of lectures celebrating the achievements of Louis Khan, Mayne will speak about Khan's influence on his own work and practice. The lecture begins at 7 p.m. Visit for more information and to purchase tickets.

  • May 12-17, Atlanta—"MA09 Design Is Human." Hosted by Modern Atlanta (MA), this series of events and educational sessions celebrates innovative, multidisciplinary design in Atlanta. Scheduled activities include a book signing with interior designer Clodagh; exhibitions of contemporary furniture; a launch party; a display of architects' models and renderings; an evening with architect Anthony Ames, FAIA; a screening of the film Koolhaas Houselife; and the Modern Atlanta Home Tour, to note just a few. For a complete listing of the week's events and to purchase tickets, visit

  • May 14-15, New York City—"Now What Architecture?" at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. "Now What Architecture?" is a two-day symposium on contemporary architecture and urban design based on a question that Frank Lloyd Wright posed in a 1931 lecture. The symposium will feature debates among an international group of scholars, architects, designers, and cultural critics, who will seek to explore the potential of Wright's lessons on the simplicity of space in the 21st century. The program will be held at the Guggenheim's Peter B. Lewis Theater in the Sackler Center for Arts Education. For complete program information and tickets, visit

  • May 15-Aug. 23, New York City—Exhibition: Frank Lloyd Wright: From Within Outward at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. Marking the 50th anniversary of Frank Lloyd Wright's death, the exhibition showcases 64 of Wright's projects, including private residences, civic and government buildings, and religious and performance spaces, as well as unbuilt urban megastructures. More than 200 original Wright drawings will be on display, some of them for the first time. Several newly commissioned models and digital animations also will be included. The exhibit is loosely organized chronologically and is installed on the museum's spiraling ramps, which can be viewed from the rotunda floor. For more information and tickets, visit